The ingenuous Alice gazed at his free air and proud carriage, as she would have looked upon some precious relic of the Grecian chisel, to which life had been imparted by the intervention of a miracle; while Heyward, though accustomed to see the perfection of form which abounds among the uncorrupted
natives, openly expressed his admiration at such an unblemished specimen of the noblest proportions of man.
Each of these stoppages was made at a doleful grating, by which any languishing good airs that were left uncorrupted
, seemed to escape, and all spoilt and sickly vapours seemed to crawl in.
The ratio of increase among all the Polynesian nations is very small; and in some places as yet uncorrupted
by intercourse with Europeans, the births would appear not very little to outnumber the deaths; the population in such instances remaining nearly the same for several successive generations, even upon those islands seldom or never desolated by wars, and among people with whom the crime of infanticide is altogether unknown.